Civil Rights Book Club: Power in Words: The Stories behind Barack Obama’s Speeches, from the State House to the White House

Friday, November 19, 2010

Barack Obama was an Illinois state senator running for the U.S. Senate when he was tapped by Senator John Kerry’s presidential campaign to deliver the keynote address at the 2004 Democratic National Convention. Although Obama had never before used a teleprompter, his 17-minute speech helped set the stage for one of the most dramatic ascents … Read More

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Remembering the Legacy of Activist and Scholar Dr. Ronald Walters

Monday, September 13, 2010

Professor Ronald W. Walters, a life-long civil rights advocate, renowned scholar, and political adviser, died of cancer on Friday. He was 72.“Dr. Ron Walters was one the few contemporary Americans I truly idolized,” said Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. “He was a scholar, teacher, and activist … Read More

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Remembering Civil Rights Icon Jefferson Thomas

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Jefferson A. Thomas, a civil rights icon who helped open the way for school desegregation, died Sunday, September 5, of pancreatic cancer. Thomas was one of nine Black high school students known as the” Little Rock Nine” who were chosen by Little Rock school administrators based on their grades and records of good behavior to … Read More

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Remembering the Legacy of Civil Rights Legend William L. Taylor

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

William L. Taylor, legendary civil rights attorney and education advocate, died on June 28 of complications resulting from a recent fall. Taylor was known for his tireless efforts to create a public education system that truly meets the needs of the nation’s marginalized children. He successfully litigated a number of major public school desegregation cases in the … Read More

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